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Colorado Avalanche’s Jared Bednar tests positive for COVID-19

Oct 4, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar will miss the team’s final two preseason games after testing positive for COVID-19.

Assistant coaches Ray Bennett and Nolan Pratt will serve as co-bench bosses as Colorado plays a home-and-home series against the Dallas Stars. The Avalanche will play in Dallas on Thursday and in Denver on Saturday.

Colorado opens the regular season against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Bednar, 49, sports a 184-149-39 record in five seasons as coach of the Avalanche.

–Field Level Media